Hikaru's time in Hiroshima and its areas hasn't gone anywhere in terms of actually finding Sai, but he's found some interesting bits of history there and made something of a friend in a man named Kawai, someone he hasn't seen in quite some time. Kawai's got his own issues since he's kind of a shady character to some extent with a lot of gambling issues. Those issues have landed him into a bit of trouble with a highly ranked amateur Go player who is very aware of the pros. He's very intrigued by the arrival of Hikaru and offers to forget about Kawai's loss, and money owed, if he gives in to a game with him and wins. Shuhei's the kind of player who loves a challenge and the word spreads of a pro there taking him on adds to the excitement.
Though Hikaru doesn't exactly want to get into this game, it definitely has an advantage for him as he learns a bit of history for the area by discovering that there's a grave in Tokyo for Shusaku. Because of his renown back in the day, some of his disciples made such a thing there for him back when he died and that's giving Hikaru a big idea as to where Sai may have ended up after disappearing. As soon as this bit of news comes across the Go table, Hikaru plays the game with such incredible purpose that it's a very striking moment when he changes into full on game mode since he now has a real purpose and a need to finish so he can head back to Tokyo.
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